A Hell Of a Ride ( Conclusion of Swift Expression Trendsetter Blog Challenge)

Posted: March 30, 2013 in Swift Expression, Uncategorized
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12. Compulsory for all of the Awards. Answer this question LAST. In no less than 300 words, describe your overall experience of this Challenge. You must write about Your thoughts and emotions both before and after completing the Challenge.

This post is in response to the Blog Challenge by Tilda Swift at her blog, Swift Expression. It is my entry for number 12.If any of my readers derives inspiration from this post and would like to do something similar on their own blog, please provide full credit to the owner of the original Blog Challenge (as stated above) to abide by copyright laws.

Wow!  This challenge has been a hell of a ride!


It’s been quite the roller coaster!

This is by far the best challenge/interactive questions I have ever part took in. 12 part challenge! At times it felt plain intimidating. I mean common, 12 parts!  At times it did feel daunting, like I would never be able to answer all the questions and finish. I would post two challenge posts at the same time yet there was always so many more to tackle. But, I kept going. Then as I posted more it became exciting. I was doing it! Answering questions I had NO idea how I was going to answer. Taking me places I had no idea I was going to go. Then the scales tipped and I completed more than was left. Only 4 more to go! 3 more! Two more! Then… there was no more.  I did it. I did them all.

Now, I’m left feeling a little desolate.  What do i post on my blog after this? There is no more parts! Am i going to have to post stuff solely off my own devices?  Like my feelings and stuff?

Some parts were fun. Like Fire Love Affair. I got to be inventive, creative and playful just like the dance of  a fire’s flame.

Some parts were a little serious like Magical Path giving s a lesson on how to be open . To experience something objectively without judgement and present it in a scholarly way . I put my former college skills to work enabling me to stretch my mind and write like a school paper. Doing this also allowed me to open my heart and mind to different beliefs without any predispositions.

Some parts were sad, allowing me to be open and honest like Alone and explore my fears and feelings.

Some parts were silly.

Some parts were just emotional.

All of the challenge questions I thought I had no idea what I was going to write about and I felt like my answers would suck. But , i just wrote and in the end i felt emotions I’ve kept bottled up. I was honest ( to myself) about my fears. I’ve learned stuff about my character ( like I’m a good person).

It’s been a roller coaster. Fast and wild. Exhilarating and scary.

A hell of a ride.

A ride I’ll definitely get on again.

Author’s note: I had to give ya’ll an “i owe you” for question number 4, arts and crafts. Writing challenges are easy to find the time for, I can squeeze in bits of writing here and there like I’m writing this in my notebook while having coffee before my shift starts  and I will type it up later.  But arts and crafts need a solid block of time, not blocks of spare minutes. My grandpa unexpectedly ended up in the hospital. He had a pacemaker put in Thursday. But he is 92 years old so he is still in intensive care.  Because of his age his recoup is longer and harder.  Much of my time is dedicated to hospital runs.  Of course the nurses are required to help my grandpa but he needs help with basic needs right now ( feeding, bathroom using the bed pan) and it’s just better to be there to assist him instead of having an over worked nurse running in and out of his room. Love the nurses , i understand they have alot of patients but it just annoys me when they put the patient on the bed pan and leave and come back like ten minutes later “how are you”.  Umm better if I wasn’t laying in shit lady.  Anyway, don’t mean to rant. So, I will do the arts and crafts part, I have to , it’s nagging me. It’s incomplete. I will do it.  But for now, I.O.U


  1. tfaswift says:

    Tasha, you’re a diamond, you really are. What a lovely finale to the challenge. First, let me just mention that I am so sorry about your grandpa. Ninety-two! He must be a real fighter like his granddaughter! 🙂 I hope that he is recovering well and that the pacemaker helps him to carry on with his life and enjoy the rest of his golden years. I can totally understand about the bedpan business. That would “annoy” me too (make me damn furious, more like it!) I will pray for him (you know me and my prayers!).

    As for the Challenge, you really are an over-achiever going for the whole challenge when you only needed to do 10 out 12! LOL. But it’s there in large part for the people who participate, so you need to do whatever you feel a calling to do. 🙂 It means the world to me that you are able to get something positive out of it, like knowing that you are a good person. That’s huge. I’m really glad – honoured in fact – that you enjoyed it and found it to be a positive experience overall.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your excellent entries. You know about the Awards and if/when you want to help yourself and display any on your blog you know what to do. 🙂

    Since you’ve gone for the Trendsetter Award, it’s up to you if you would like your £10.00 (equivalent in $USD) gift certificate now and the rest of the prizes later (when someone else picks up your trend and uses it in their own blog); or if you’d like to wait and get the whole package together. It’s up to you. I’m happy to send you the gift certificate now if you like. 🙂 All this is explained on my Blog Challenge Awards page: http://tfaswift.com/blog-challenge-awards/

    Once again, Tasha my love, thank you for your simply marvelous contribution to the Challenge. xox


    • Awe Thank you so much for your prayers for my grandpa. He is doing well. We’re just trying to get him up and walking ( he is still bed bound) We’re scared they’re going to want to put him in a nursing home if he isn’t able to walk. But, he’s stubborn, just like me. So they signed him up for physical therapy and I’m sure he’ll be back to shuffling around in no time.

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m smiling from ear to ear reading this. I thank YOU for hosting the challenge. i know it’s so time consuming but it really is the only gem out here in the blogging world.

      Oh my goodness I didn’t even know there were cash prizes for this challenge! LOL. You are way generous! Let’s give it a week or two to see if anyone else takes the bait for my Trend so I can do what i did last time and double up on a charity.



      • tfaswift says:

        As you like, my friend. Just give me a heads up whenever you would like your prizes. And if you’d like an extra giveaway, my Shutterstock membership went and renewed itself automatically on my credit card (I forgot to cancel the auto-renewal!), so if you’d like another 10 images, feel free. I have 2 weeks left so there’s no rush. 🙂


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